It’s not quite British, it’s not quite Aussie but it sure screams Commonwealth. Not sure if that is what Qantas wanted to capture but whatever the case I will admit its first dedicated Qantas London Lounge does look like it brings the bangers to the mash.
The swanky new lounge in Terminal 3 will handle the airline’s twice-daily kangaroo route services as well as the much touted the Perth-London stretch.
Fancy a Bond moment sipping on a cocktail overlooking the Heathrow airfield? Now you can in the spacious top floor hotel style lobby bar. The only thing missing is the ambiance of cigar smoke. Don’t fancy being shaken and stirred? The lower lounge offers smart casual types a swanky lower-floor dining room setting.
There is a strong range of drink offerings include Australia’s favourite coffee style, flat white, as well as a selection of fine gins, beers and wines from Australia and the UK. After something more substantial to settle a hungry stomach? The new lounge has a hot and cold buffet, delectable a la carte offerings such as pot pie as well as my personal favourite British afternoon treat; tea and scones.
The only downside to this lounge which will disappoint Sapphire and First Class passengers is a lack of a dedicated first class lounge. Qantas claims that there are some special ‘extras’ for these passengers but whether it is enough to distinguish it from the rest of the lounge experience remains to be seen.
Open daily 8am-8.30pm, the lounge is available to Qantas customers travelling in First and Business and Qantas Platinum One, Platinum and Gold Qantas Frequent Flyers and their guests. Also eligible are oneworld Emerald and Sapphire customers, Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold customers and Qantas Club members and their guests. See qantas.com for more information on access and facility details.
This is one lux lounge even her majesty and her corgi would approve.